Michelle Rhee Would Be A Terrible Choice For Education Secretary

Nov 17, 2016 by

Former DC schools chancellor Michelle Rhee is definitely a celebrity. But that’s about the only way in which she would fit with a Donald Trump administration as education secretary.

Joy Pullman –

Among all the other cabinet picks the DC piranhas are circling is a smaller one near and dear to my heart: U.S. education secretary. This is one of those positions that ought not matter as much as it does. I shouldn’t have to give a flying fig about whom Donald Trump picks for this position.

Unfortunately, I do, because as the Obama administration has proven, the U.S. education secretary wields too much power for our country’s good. Obama’s former education secretary Arne Duncan, among other things, participated in illegally forcing the entire country into Common Core, putting penis-wielding individuals in girls’ sleeping and showering quarters, expanding cradle-to-grave population tracking systems, and making schools punish kids according to their skin color.

There’s something there for everyone to hate, which is the point. Amassing and centralizing power is a key way to ensure its abuse, because power centers attract unsavory characters. Just watch any superhero movie to see this principle in action. Therefore, the key way to prevent abuse of power is to ensure it is widely dispersed.

This will be a central task for every incoming member of the Trump cabinet, but particularly in education, because it has no constitutional justification for being a federal function. While there are good arguments for running our national defense centrally, there are few for running schools from Washington. Consequently, public support for federal education meddling remains very low.

Besides, the Rumored Picks Are Suffocatingly Bad

So it’s troubling to see the names so far bandied about as potential education secretaries for the incoming President Trump. They largely suggest folks who directly contradict Trump’s anti-Common Core, pro-school choice stances on the campaign trail (and in policy statements).

The New York Times and Politico suggested Ben Carson, a very nice man who knows zero about education policy. At an Education Writers Association forum after the election, lobbyist Vic Klatt suggested former Indiana state superintendent Tony Bennett and Rep. Luke Messer, both bureaucrat-friendly Common Core-niks. The American Enterprise Institute’s Rick Hess has the most decent list I’ve seen (although I have zero interest in moving to DC, as he suggests): “U.S. Secretary of Education: Mitch Daniels, Scott Walker, Bill Evers, Gerard Robinson.” Warmer, and I love Mitch Daniels overall, but he brought Common Core into our state and Scott Walker ensured it remains in Wisconsin. Nope.

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